Emergencies preparedness, response

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

Dual use research of concern (DURC) is life sciences research that is intended for benefit, but which might easily be misapplied to do harm.

The possibility that dual use research might result in misuse, either intentionally or accidentally, is a long-standing concern of science. The issues are broad and encompass not only research and public health, but also security, scientific publishing and public communications, biotechnology and ethics and wider societal issues.